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post #271 of 2548

... can some one tell me how it sounds agian please :3, I'm too tired from work to read 20 pages of thread sadly, although a hyperlink to a post already made in the thread would work as well!

 

Thanks much guys 

post #272 of 2548
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

... can some one tell me how it sounds agian please :3, I'm too tired from work to read 20 pages of thread sadly, although a hyperlink to a post already made in the thread would work as well!

Thanks much guys 
First post - I think only Jude has heard it.
post #273 of 2548
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First post - I think only Jude has heard it.

*face palm* ok then cya guys xD

 

Thanks ethan

post #274 of 2548

anyone try these at CanJam ? looking forward to some specs, possible price point . Hope they stay the same style. Damn there sexy!

post #275 of 2548
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First post - I think only Jude has heard it.

 

That can't be true unless Jude is able to morph into 3 different faces ;-). But point taken, it seems a senior Oppo rep just "popped in" but didn't exhibit there.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/685704/oppo-pm-1-a-new-planar-magnetic-headphone/135#post_9888472

post #276 of 2548

That was just a prototype according to Jude. The final form and SQ could be different.

post #277 of 2548
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

 

That can't be true unless Jude is able to morph into 3 different faces ;-). But point taken, it seems a senior Oppo rep just "popped in" but didn't exhibit there.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/685704/oppo-pm-1-a-new-planar-magnetic-headphone/135#post_9888472

The two guys a tthe bottom of the pictures did not listen to them. They just put them on for Jude to take the picturess. They were not even allowed to take a close look at them. I think Jerry Harvey did listen to them but I am not sure 100%.

post #278 of 2548
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The two guys a tthe bottom of the pictures did not listen to them. They just put them on for Jude to take the picturess. They were not even allowed to take a close look at them. I think Jerry Harvey did listen to them but I am not sure 100%.

This is what I've heard as well. Jude confirmed the first part (saying that the people from Oppo were actually rather nervous about having Jude put them on other people for photos because they didn't want many to hear).

post #279 of 2548
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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post
 

This is what I've heard as well. Jude confirmed the first part (saying that the people from Oppo were actually rather nervous about having Jude put them on other people for photos because they didn't want many to hear).

 

I'm abbreviating the encounter, but here's how it went down:

 

Jason (CTO and VP Product Development at Oppo) approached the Head-Fi table when I was alone and introduced himself. He mentioned Oppo was entering the headphone audio space. Given their experience with electronics, I guessed "headphone amp or DAC/amp," and he said "headphone." He mentioned they already had prototypes, and I expressed my surprise, and told him I'd be very interested in hearing the prototype(s) when ready. Jason then proceeded to remove one of the prototypes from his backpack, and I was shocked at how polished it was. As might be evident in my photos, the Oppo PM-1 prototype he had was definitely more refined in its form and finish than I'm used to seeing from prototypes.

 

I wouldn't characterize it as lightweight, but it was light enough that I didn't assume from the get-go that it was a planar magnetic headphone. As you can see from the photos, it comes off as quite a bit less bulky than most of the popular planar magnetic headphones currently on the market. It was obvious to me from the construction, materials, and the level of fit and finish (especially as a prototype) that this was intended to be a premium product.

 

I asked Jason if I could plug the Oppo PM-1 into my portable rig, and he agreed. My portable rig was the latest-gen iPod Touch digitally feeding a CEntrance HiFi-M8, with the HiFi-M8's gain initially set to medium, and then eventually to high. The HiFi-M8 drove the PM-1 prototype very easily. The sound was very impressive for a prototype, which I told Jason. He then told me it was a planar magnetic headphone, which, given its design, weight, and the fact that it's from Oppo, had me reacting with some astonishment. He also told me there was still some significant tuning to be done, which is why I'm not commenting much on the sound (beyond what I said in the first post).

 

Jason and I talked for a while, during which Jerry Harvey came by for a visit. I asked Jason if I could let Jerry hear it, and he agreed. Jerry was tapping his feet, and commented positively on the sound. At one point, there were several people around, so I placed the PM-1 prototype under my table, as it really wasn't intended to be on public display for public listening yet. I asked if I could take photos to post on Head-Fi, and he thought about it and agreed. I don't think Jason expected me to ask a couple of Head-Fi'ers to model it for me, which is what happened--but I didn't let either of the guys who modeled it listen to it (but for a brief moment in one case), and neither was told what make/model the headphone was.

 

And, in short, that's how it went down. I had no idea before the show that Oppo was developing a headphone. Imagine your reaction when you first saw me post that Oppo was making a planar magnetic headphone--I had the same reaction.

 

We will be getting at least one prototype here soon, as the model continues to develop. Once it arrives, I'll post more photos and impressions; and I'll be posting more information about the Oppo PM-1 as more information comes in.

post #280 of 2548

And what did you talk about? Technical details, projected release date and price point?

post #281 of 2548

Clearly Jason fro Oppo did the right thing letting you take pictures and post it here. He has the market going now! :wink_face:

post #282 of 2548
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Originally Posted by musicman59 View Post
 

The two guys a tthe bottom of the pictures did not listen to them. They just put them on for Jude to take the picturess. They were not even allowed to take a close look at them. I think Jerry Harvey did listen to them but I am not sure 100%.

 

Pretty much.  Two of us just happened to be around and Jude wanted to get pics of them on people.  I instinctively tried to turn them to the side to investigate what they were, but he wouldn't let me.  I will say that for the brief time they were on, they felt comfortable.  The angled hinge distributed pressure against the head pretty evenly.  They're not very heavy as far as full-size cans go, though they are sturdy feeling.  I did hear something for a few seconds, but not enough to really comment on.  I'm not comfortable commenting on the sound because at the time I was pretty nearly a zombie (first day switching to a day schedule when I work night shift), I didn't know what was playing, and I'm a noob at listening to and characterizing sound signatures of different headphones.  I will say that, if I recall correctly, they were plugged into Jude's iPod/HiFi-M8 portable rig.  Speculation can (and probably will) go on and on, but we're just going to have to wait a little longer to hear them and get some good reviews.

 

Edit:  As I was typing this, Jude posted about the same thing above. :P


Edited by TortoiseGTS - 10/16/13 at 10:06am
post #283 of 2548
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Originally Posted by yomer View Post
 

And what did you talk about? Technical details, projected release date and price point?

 

I believe the Oppo PM-1 prototype's nominal impedance is 32 ohms. The driver is a push-pull (double-ended) design, which means that there are magnets on both sides of the diaphragm.

 

I'm not being coy about details, I just don't have details yet (including any firm info on price). As more information comes in, I'll share what I can.

post #284 of 2548

Hope Oppo releases more info about them soon!

post #285 of 2548
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Hope Oppo releases more info about them soon!

 

Just don't hold your breath waiting.  Audeze showed off their closed prototype at CanJam 2012, and introduced their release product at CanJam 2013.  I tend to think Audeze was far more open with their info and sharing with guests, which leads me to believe they were closer to a release produce, then Oppo currently is....

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